Albany & Surrounds
See Albany in a day, or two!
Stop 1: Albany Town Centre
Follow Albany Hwy a short distance to York Street, Albany’s main street and town centre overlooking Princess Royal Harbour.
Be sure to stop at the Amazing South Coast’s tourist information centre to get some excellent maps and additional visitor information. You will also find all the major banks, post office, supermarkets, pharmacies, book stores, speciality stores and some very good restaurants.
At the end of York Street (on the left before the rail crossing) is Stirling Terrace, another great spot with more excellent pubs and eateries, and Albany's renowned historical buildings. Simply continue along Stirling terrace, which connects with Marine Drive to take you to our next stop at the National Anzac Centre.
Stop 2: National ANZAC Centre, Mount Adelaide and Mount Clarence
Stop 3: Middleton Beach
Continuing along Marine Drive, you will soon arrive at Middleton Beach. This is the closest beach to the town centre and is one of the most popular, ideal for swimming with a lovely grassed area, BBQs, as well as a buzzing restaurant and cafe scene.
At the southern end is the starting point for the Ellen Cove boardwalk. This is just a magnificent, albeit gentle walk; the views over King George Sound are simply stunning. Enjoy a coffee at Three Anchors, or a beer at Hybla Tavern.
Stop 4: Emu Point
Stop 5: The Brig Amity Replica
Head back towards town, Princess Royal Drive and the foreshore to the replica of the tall ship Brig Amity.
The brig is famous for carrying the British party that established the first settlement in Western Australia in December 1826. In 1832 the Governor of the Swan River Colony, Sir James Stirling visited the settlement with the view to moving the Western Australian capital to King George Sound. He renamed the town Albany after the Duke of York and Albany.
Albany became an important port for ships travelling from Europe to the Eastern States, and for hopeful travellers participating in the West Australian gold rush. By 1898, 500 passengers a week were disembarking in Albany from the Eastern States.
The Brig Amity Replica is located close by to the ANZAC Peace Park, the foreshore and the Albany Entertainment centre.
Stop 7: Albany Wind Farm
The Albany Wind Farm is one of the most spectacular and largest wind farms in Australia. The coastal views are stunning, and the Wind Farm walk gives you the opportunity to get up close to the giant turbines.
There is also a coastal platform and boardwalk ideal for spotting the Southern Right Humpback Whales between May and October, or dolphins, surfers and windsurfers at all times of the year. The Wind Farm is also a fantastic spot to view the western setting sun.
Stop 8: The Gap and Natural Bridge
Stop 9: Stony Hill Look out
A short distance from the Gap and Natural Bridge lies the Stony Hill lookout. There is a fabulous 500 metre circular walk offering outstanding 360-degree views of the Torndirrup National Park and the Southern Ocean. The Stony Hill rocks are an easy walk, and even better during wildflower season.
Stop 10: Goode Beach
The white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters make this an ideal swimming spot.
Goode beach is also a fisherman’s delight with lots of herring, whiting, garfish, salmon, trout, silver bream and squid caught between April and July.
Stop 11: Historic Whaling Station
Located at the end of Frenchman’s Bay Road, Albany's Historical Whaling Station offers the only experience of its kind in the world. Apart from its spectacular location and amazing views you will have the opportunity to explore an intact processing factory and a fully restored whaling ship.
There is also a cafe, wildlife park and botanical gardens located within the complex.
Stop 12: Vancouver Peninsular
On the return to Albany, turn right off Frenchman Bay road on to Quaranup Road and head out to the Vancouver Peninsular.
This is home to the original Quarantine station, and although you cannot access the station, there are some excellent beaches and vantage spots. A favourite of mine is Whalers Cove (also known as Fisheries Beach), a small but beautiful spot. The beach is some 300m long and 25m wide, and at the eastern end the sand gives way to rocks. It is very pleasant to take a stroll a short distance along this rocky section. The sand on the beach is white and clean. The cove is protected from most of the ocean swell, so the waves are usually small and suitable for family swimming.